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Sarah and John married in late June at the same church in Shepherdstown, West Virginia where her grandparents wed in the 1940s. Afterwards, they celebrated with family and friends at the nearby Barn at York Hill, a beautiful historic farm with acres of apple orchards and grapevines. Their special day — accented with blue and gold — truly reflected their story as individuals and as a couple. The groom’s cake took the shape of a Chicago Bulls basketball representing John’s home state and favorite team. And the reception tables were named after national parks including Shenandoah where they got engaged and Harper’s Ferry where they met as summer park rangers.

I love seeing the excitement build on wedding days as the bride puts on her dress and everyone makes their way to the ceremony. At Sarah and John’s wedding, I was able to ride in the limo with the groomsman and capture those very special and nervous moments just before they entered the church. Minutes later, Sarah practically skipped down the aisle at her dad’s arm while John fought back tears. After their vows, dances, and a bunch of photos, they let loose to “Country Roads” (a real crowd pleaser in West Virginia!), segued into some men’s moshing, and ended the night with an exit under sparklers.

Congratulations you two!  It was a joy to photograph your special day!

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For the past five years, I’ve photographed Madison and Joseph for their spring birthdays. I’ve watched them grow from preschoolers to rambunctious eight-year-olds, all the while staying close friends. We always enjoy a whirlwind of a portrait session starting with playing with sticks, rocks and anything that can dirty their outfits and ending with precious moments like the first photo below. 🙂  Enjoy some of my favorites!

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Kellie and Nic were married two weeks ago at Faithbrooke Barn and Vineyard in the beautiful rolling hills of Luray. There were so many thoughtful details throughout their day from the gifts they gave each other to the handkerchiefs they gave their parents, making it hard for everyone to hold back the tears. She gave him a watch with a note that said don’t be late and he gave her a three-panel painting of the Nashville bridge where they got engaged. How sweet! Their cute little pup, Zoey, even made an appearance, letting it be known that she wanted to be part of the ceremony too. The party lasted well into the night with dancing and donuts, an impressive rap number, and one last kiss under the barn lights. Congratulations, Kellie and Nic! It was such an honor to document your special day!

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“All that is within me cries out to go back to my home on the Hudson River” -FDR Hudson River Valley, New York - Stacy Smith Evans PhotographyP I NI M A G E

The Technical: ISO 320, f/4.5, 1/1000 of a second

The Equipment: Nikon D750, Tamron 15-30mm

The Story: Last weekend my husband and I traveled up to West Point, New York where he worked and I played. 🙂  As soon as he told me our trip dates, I could picture the Hudson River School landscapes in my mind and was excited to capture my own views of the river and mountains. After dropping him off every morning, I meandered through West Point to this waterside area to watch the sun rise.  On the first morning, I was literally gasping as I got my gear out of the car, looked over my shoulder to see if anyone objected to my super obtrusive lens, and fumbled with my settings to catch the fog resting on the horizon. I love the muted tones, and although I should’ve set up my tripod for a long exposure, I’m okay with the rippling water since the sky lacks detail.  And the mood perfectly conveys the reality of being the only one at the water’s edge.  If you have the chance to visit West Point and the Hudson River Valley, do it!  I walked the campus every morning taking in the phenomenal river views – just me, my camera, and a few cadets on their morning run!

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